Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty
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Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty
Saturday, April 13th
This tour includes your Ferry Ticket & Round Trip Transportation to & from the island. Join us for a day on your own to enjoy and explore for what was for many people where. The American Experience began with their emotional arrival, from scores of ports throughout the world, on Ellis Island, a "welcome mat" that offered prized citizenship to thousands of hopeful immigrants.
Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The island was greatly expanded with land reclamation between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990.
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, New York City. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.
The South Street Seaport is a historic area in the New York City borough of Manhattan, located where Fulton Street meets the East River, and adjacent to the Financial District. The Seaport is a designated historic district, distinct from the neighboring Financial District. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city. This includes renovated original mercantile buildings, renovated sailing ships, the former Fulton Fish Market, and modern tourist malls featuring food, shopping and nightlife, with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. At the entrance to the Seaport is the Titanic Memorial lighthouse.
PLEASE NOTE: Bus trips with 10 or more registrations through Granby Rec will depart from the Town of Windsor. Bus trips with less than 10 registrations through Granby Rec will depart from East Hartford, CT. Determination will be made closer to the trip. Refunds will not be given due to Bus departure and drop-off locations. Exact pick up and drop-off times will be determined as we get closer to the trip.